A recorded 911 call has been released from the trial of William Balfour, the man accused of killing the mother, brother and nephew of Academy Award winning actress Jennifer Hudson. The frantic call was placed by Hudson’s sister, Julia, who discovered her mother's lifeless body on October 24. 2008 and called 911.
“Somebody help. Please!” a panicked Julia pleaded to a 911 operator, “Somebody’s killed my mother. Somebody’s killed my mother.”
With the trial of 30-year-old Balfour moving into its sixth day of prosecution, Judge Charles Burns ruled that the recording be released. The judge cited that the defendant’s due-process rights would not be affected by doing so.
Along with Jennifer’s mother Darnell Donerson, Balfour is accused of shooting to death Jennifer’s brother Jason Hudson, and seven-year-old nephew Julian King. Balfour is the former husband of Julia and allegedly killed the family members when he became upset that Julia was seeing other men.
The recording of the 911 call was played last week for jurors. Prosecutors hoped hearing the terror-stricken voice of Julia would help convict Balfour of the three murders.
“She’s on the floor and I see blood coming out of her head,” Julia continued. “I just got home from work and there’s a bullet hole in our front door.”
Darnell and Jason’s bodies were found in the family’s home at 7019 South Yale Avenue in Chicago. Julian was found dead in his uncle’s van three days later.
Jennifer, who is known for her roles in films like Dreamgirls and The Secret Life of Bees had previously given her testimony in the triple-murder trial on April 23.
“I would tell Julia over and over again not to marry William,” Hudson said on the stand. “[The family] did not like how he treated her and I didn’t like how he treated my nephew.”